In this lab, students use dice to simulate radioactive decay. Students create a standard decay curve for a fictional element, calculate the half-life of this element, and, using the information their graph, "date" rocks that contain the new element. The use of dice has some advantages over similar exercises because the half-life is not immediately obvious to students and they will need to experimentally determine it. Learning goals, context for use, teaching tips, materials, assessment tips and
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Density of Rocks - How Large Is a Ton of Rock?
This module addresses how to determine the size of a ton of rock of a given composition and invites the student to figure out how to solve the problem. Students recreate spreadsheets, shown in a Powerpoint module, on their own with formulas that answer various pieces of the overall question. This module is the third in a series of six that examine the density of planets and rocks, and was designed for an undergraduate class where students look at geological questions mathematically and may spend
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Oobleck
Developed for first grade. Students will make a substance and use scientific observations, as well as their senses to classify Oobleck and its ingredients as solid, liquid, or gas. Students will notice that Oobleck bounces and is very tangible, but also very gooey and slimy all at the same time. Students will be amazed how Oobleck can fit so many different categories. Students will love playing with Oobleck after taking pride in making it! Biology In Elementary Schools is a Saint Michael's Coll
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Minerals, Crystals, and Gems: Stepping Stones to Inquiry
This site introduces students to mineral science and the scientific process -- observing things, forming hypotheses, and drawing conclusions. Students watch crystals grow, go on a scavenger hunt for minerals, and create a classroom exhibit of rocks and minerals (for Grades 3-8).
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Camping trip in the mountains
Pomona College students Edmund Pease, Morrill Boynton, and C. Howard Ross eat a meal in the woods. A clothesline is strung between two trees behind them. Photograph taken on a July 1903 camping trip to Mount Baldy.
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COSEE Great Lakes Workshops
These asynchronous workshops focus on environmental topics related to the Great Lakes region. Subjects covered include: The solid earth system; The bedrock and formation of the Great Lakes; Life and Rocks: Current geological processes; Human impacts [vice-versa!]; and Ocean/lake deep exploration (sink holes, underwater archeology, NOAA's exploration book) studying the bottom, characteristics of the water at depth.
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Junior Farce in Holmes Hall chapel
Marjorie Sprague performs in blackface for the Junior Farce in Holmes Hall chapel.
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The second Space symposium- learning spaces
This presentation discusses the various elements that deem enterprise education spaces as fit for purpose
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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science: Session 2. Every Rock Tells A Story
How can we use rocks to understand events in the Earths past? In this session, participants explore the processes that form sedimentary rocks, learn how fossils are preserved, and are introduced to the theory of plate tectonics.,Students and scientists explore the questions: How do rocks form? How can we determine how old rocks are?
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Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,The interviewer shows the student two different representations of mountains, one smooth and one jagged, and asks her to describe what she sees. As she describes a volcano, the interviewer probes to find out why she thinks it is a volcano, whether a volcano is a mountain, and how a volcano forms a mountain.
Author(s): Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Essential Science for Teachers: Earth and Space Science
In-depth interviews with children that uncover their ideas about the topic at hand.,In this segment the interviewer is trying to find out if the student has prior knowledge about types of rocks by asking her about the stripes on the rock and why she thinks it is striped. She uses the word "metamorphic" and goes on to explain what a metamorphic rock is. The interviewer probes further by asking her why rocks get pressed together and where the stripes may have come from. He then shows her a picture
Author(s): Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Introduction and Textures and Structures of Igneous Rock
These lecture notes provide an introduction to igneous rocks. The notes cover information about characteristics of magmas, plutonic rocks, volcanic rocks, and textures of igneous rocks. There are several illustrations within the text. This resource is part of the Teaching Petrology collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/NAGTWorkshops/petrology03/index.html
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Beginning Meditation Instruction
Meditation can help you attain mental clarity and manage the stresses of college life! Anthony Kubiak is a professor of Drama, specializing in modern theater and performance. He has published books on the role of theater in American society, and theater's associations with terrorism. “I am interested in strangeness. Not weirdness, or edginess, or in-your-faceness, exactly, but rather the deeply disturbing human riddles that won’t go away. That haunt us. Why are we so violent, and yet so capa
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The earth is quite a pile of rocks. How were they formed? What are they made of? How do Geologist classify them?
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Physical Geography
Physical geography is the study of the earth's dynamic systems -- its air, water, weather climate, landforms, rocks, soils, plants, ecosystems and biomes -- and how humans interact with the earth's systems. Physical geography is the study of the world around you. Everyone, every day, interacts with the earth's dynamic systems. I challenge you to join me on an exploration of the complex, and exciting world in which you live! This is a freshman level college course in physical geography. It requir
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National Science Week Posters
The Science Faculty Marketing Committee has for the last 4 years designed and produced posters to stimulate an interest in and curiosity about Science among primary school learners The posters are designed and created by scientists from the 13 departments in the Faculty of Science and the production and printing of the posters is funded by a Grant from SAASTA South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement The aim of the bright interactive posters is to create a resource for teachers
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Anderson High School Wigwam
The Anderson High School Wigwam was completed in 1961 and is known as "The home of the Indians." It seats approximately 8,900 people and is the second largest high school gymnasium in Indiana. It survived the 1999 fire that destroyed the old Anderson High School at 14th and Lincoln Streets. The facility remains in use for basketball games and community-wide events and houses the Anderson Community School Corporation offices.,The Wigwam has a seating capacity of 8,996.,Madison County Journey
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Engineering for the Ecological Age: Lessons from History
John Ochsendorf, a structural engineer, “fell in love with archaeology” during college. His senior thesis at Cornell involved a 600-year-old Incan suspension bridge made entirely out of grass. Ochsendorf learned that this apparently primitive structure owed its astonishing longevity to regular rebuilds by the l
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Deploying Our Gifts for the Betterment of Humankind: What Would Dr. King Say about Us? Student Remar
In urging the MIT community to use its gifts to help others in need, particularly, the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, Dylon Rockwell recalls his mother's quest to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. With vivid memories of hundreds of New Orleans residents arriving in his hometown of Dallas, his family was there
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Earlier this month the New York Times wondered aloud if the “libertarian moment” had arrived. A good question, to be sure.

To answer it, though, Times reporter Robert Draper sought out not quite the top libertarian thinkers in the world, but instead those people most easily reached within a ten-minute walk from the Capitol or the Empire State Building.

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